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Adolescent Brain Development

Because Kids are Different: Five Opportunities for Reforming the Juvenile Justice System

This report focuses on the implicated alterations of policies that will improve the compatibility of healthy adolescent development. In addition, it depicts on certain interventions and approaches of youth offenders.

Give Adolescents the Time and Skills to Mature, Most will Stop

This brief shows that dolescents, including serious juvenile offenders, naturally mature—psychologically, socially, and cognitively—over time; that the trend among serious adolescent offenders is toward reduced offending; relatively few consistently engage in serious adult crime; that even among serious offenders, there is a lot of variation in how, when, and at what rate individuals mature; that some people have wondered whether we can predict future offending based on the severity or frequency of offending during adolescence, and tha the answer is no. However, patterns of maturing do mirror patterns of future offending.

Programs that Promote Positive Development Can Help Young Offenders Grow up and Out of Crime

This brief deals with issues concerning the impact of an adolescent's level of maturity on future offending are discussed. In particular, ways to help serious juvenile offenders acquire the skills they need to live crime-free in the community. This report explains why: serious juvenile offenders, like their non-offending counterparts, vary in their patterns of development; most serious juvenile offenders are not on the road to persistent adult offending; multiple components of maturity are related to reduced offending; and reducing offending means not simply restricting opportunities to offend but expanding opportunities to grow.

Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach

This research illustrates on the development of adolescents and how this development can affect their criminal behavior, making them more prone to commit crimes at a young age but not once they mature. The book determines that adolescents are more sensitive to external influences such as peer pressure and immediate rewards. Adolescents are less able to regulate their own behavior in emotionally charged contexts. Adolescents show less ability to make judgments and decisions that require future orientation.

The Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) in the Lives of Juvenile Offenders

This article focuses on the prevalence and impact ACEs has on juvenile offenders and aims to address the lack of knowledge about this. Researchers have identified also identified multiple types of abuse, parental separation and other gender differences as repercussions of this.